A tablet recently placed in the chapel of the United States Naval Home, in Philadelphia, bears mute evidence of the long line of officers of high rank who have served as governors of the institution. Beginning with Commodore James Biddle, back in 1838, the list comes down through men who have served the nation well both as naval men and as men who contributed greatly towards winning for the United States a place among the powers of the world. As the list of names inscribed on the tablet is scanned one is forcibly reminded of the fact that the men of the Navy have not only made up a fighting force, but also a force for peace, in that they have handled —-and handled well—many delicate foreign missions. From Commodore Biddle, down to Rear Admiral Gleaves, the last name on the list, space being reserved for others, all have played a part in international affairs.
The Governors of the United States Naval Home, Philadelphia
By George H. Eckhardt